This Teen Baked Thousands of Cupcakes to Take His Family to Disney World

Forget lemonade. When you really want to make some money bake cupcakes. One teen started a cupcake business in order to pay for his family of seven to go to Disney World.

Fourteen year old Isaiah Tuckett had a life-long dream of visiting Disney World, but as the youngest of a family of seven a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom came with a hefty price tag. Rather than give up on his dream, however, Isaiah decided to earn the money himself by selling cupcakes.

“I always liked being in the kitchen when I was growing up, and then I made them for my grandma’s 85th birthday party and also made them for one of my friend’s graduation parties and people liked them and started ordering them,” he told CNN.

Two years after he set out on his cupcake mission Isaiah’s business is booming and the vacation of his dreams became a reality. A year ago the entire family including his mom, dad, sister, brother, sister-in-law and his nephew finally made it to Disney World for six nights.

Not only did his new business give him the trip he’d been dreaming of, but it also has given Isaiah many other benefits. “In a lot of ways, it’s been good for Isaiah,” his mom said. “He can be a little bit maybe reserved or shy, and it’s caused him to have to have conversations with adults who are asking him about his business, which is good, taught him about time management and saving.”

“I mean, there’s just so many life lessons that he’s learning through all of it. It’s not just the baking skills,” said Cheri Tuckett.

Those entrepreneurial skills are paying off for other financial goals as well. In two years Isaiah will have his drivers license and he’s now saving up for a blue Ford pickup truck, and just maybe a visit to Disneyland.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Courtesy of Disney Parks



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